February 26, 2013

Are We Really on the Verge of a Napster-fication of Physical Objects?

According to ReadWrite’s John Paul Titlow via MIT Technology Review:

quotemarksright.jpg... Before long, many of us will be able to print physical objects as easily as we once burned DVDs. And just as the Internet made trading MP3 music files and ripped movies a breeze, downloading 3-D images to print on your shiny new MakerBot printer will be as easy as torrenting The Hurt Locker.”

Well, maybe some objects. As we’ve pointed out here before, most consumer 3-D printers can only work with a limited range of materials, and are far from able to perform the sophisticated manufacturing processes that lead to many of our favorite products.

While enthusiasts can print and share designs for things like Tintin’s cartoon moon rocket and Game of Thrones inspired iPhone docks (which by the way was blocked by HBO), the catalog of 3-D-printable objects is small, especially when compared to the trove of music that became available for free thanks to MP3s and file sharing.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 8:43 AM | Copyright protection and DRM
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